Headline Sports podcast with Morris Phillips: What will be the new normal?; A tip of the cap to the late Bob Watson; plus more

Former major league player Bob Watson talks about the selections made to the baseball Hall of Fame by the pre-integration era committee at the baseball winter meetings on Monday, Dec. 3, 2012, in Nashville, Tenn. Former New York Yankees owner Jacob Ruppert, longtime umpire Hank O’Day and barehanded catcher Deacon White have been elected to the baseball Hall of Fame by the committee. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)

Headline Sports podcast with Morris Phillips:

#1 Morris while MLB still is trying to work the details on how to return by July 1st the one big sticking point with the players are their salaries being cut again to just 50% of the revenue with the owners if and when they return.

#2 Fans, media, front office staff, trainers, medical staff, stadium employees, players, coaches and managers many more must take their temperatures, self distance, wear a mask, wash hands frequently before entering the park.

#3 Last week Tampa Bay Rays pitcher Blake Snell said “I’m risking my life” and also questioned why he should take a pay cut to risk his life. The sentiment was supported by Philadelphia Phillie star Bryce Harper. Although Baseball wants to insure safety a number of Coronvirus cases are spiking in the country.

#4 Baseball lost a great figure in former Houston Astro Bob Watson who passed away on Friday at age 74. Watson was the first black general manager to win a World Series in 1996, Watson played 14 seasons with the Astros, and is well known as the player who scored MLB’s one millionth run on May 4, 1975.

#5 From a media stand point what’s it like not be involved in baseball on that day to day schedule that you’ve had over the years you covered the Giants and A’s on an everyday basis.

Morris does Headline Sports each Monday at http://www.sportsradioservice.com


Headline Sports with Morris Phillips podcast: MLB owners on conference call today with players to open season July 1st

New York Yankees owner Hal Steinbrenner and MLB owners will be on a conference call with player representatives to go forward in starting the MLB season on July 1st (New York Daily News file photo)

On Headline Sports with Morris Phillips podcast:

#1 MLB is holding a conference call today regarding opening the regular season on July 1st. The discussion will include where they’ll play, the schedule will be done, social distancing and mandatory mask wearing.

#2 MLBPA executive and St Louis Cardinals pitcher Andrew Miller said that there will be no agreement until MLB can guarantee the safety for it’s players, coaches, umpires and family.

#3 Morris until there is some guarantee for the safety of the players and MLB personnel which also includes the news media covering the events there might not be a baseball season.

#4 Also the players want their a guaranteed salary before they get back on the field. In the event one or more persons are positive during the season and they have to suspend play again the players want a guarantee that they will be paid for the season.

#5 Baseball is proposing playing in regional home parks of the NL East and AL East and AL West and NL West for 80 games with no fans.

Join Morris each Monday for Headline Sports at http://www.sportsradioservice.com

Headline Sports podcast with Morris Phillips: Matt Keough was part of the A’s five aces

si.com file photo: The Five Aces of the Oakland A’s in 1981 Rick Langford, Steve McCatty, Brian Kingman (left to right top) and Matt Keough and Mike Norris (left to right front)

On Headlines pod with Morris:

#1 Former Oakland A’s pitcher Matt Keough who passed away on Saturday was remembered for his days with those Billy Martin teams in the early 80s after going a career worst  2-17 in 1979 Keough came right back with a 16-13 the next season.

#2 Keough was part of a solid pitching rotation for the A’s which consisted of Mike Norris, Brian Kingman, Steve McCatty, and Rick Langford.

#3 Keough pitching on that 1981 Oakland A’s team that went to the playoffs during the strike shortened season going 10-6. The A’s did lose to the Yankees in post season.

#4 Billy Martin led that colorful team and Billy’s antics were just as colorful with the Billy Ball brand of baseball of speed and stealing bases and pitchers almost throwing the distance and going to the bullpen if he had to.

#5 Keough also was a team executive for the A’s who gave advice to pitchers on the team and team vice president Billy Beane said that Keough left an unforgettable impression on everyone he touched in baseball.

Join Morris each Monday for Headline Sports podcasts at http://www.sportsradioservice.com

Headline Sports podcast with Morris Phillips: Michael Jordan documentary also gets some insight into who Dennis Rodman was; Red Sox penalty doesn’t sit too well with Big Papi; plus more

Michael Jordan sits for the production of Last Dance a documentary on Jordan with ESPN production director Jason Hehir (right) (from Steve Green twitter @stevebruin)

On Headline Sports with Morris:

#1 In the Michael Jordan documentary “Last Dance” which is getting stratospheric viewership the subject of Jordan’s former teammate Dennis Rodman came up and that Rodman sought the celebrity lime light but it came at a cost a complicated figure and who was one of the NBA’s best rebounder’s in the league.

#2 On the making of the “Last Dance” while sitting down with Jordan ESPN director Jason Hehir said that Jordan was as polite and as mannered as he could be saying to staff members during the filming calling them “sir” and ma’am. Hehir said that Jordan is a Southern kid at heart and got to see the inner workings of his well mannered self during the production.

#3 Morris 55 million viewers tuned into the NFL draft was this a matter of people really interested to see who will get drafted into the NFL or was it fans just hungry for sports content no matter what it is?

#4 Former Boston Red Sox David Ortiz said of the Red Sox losing a draft pick after MLB penalized the team for sign stealing saying on a Fox Sports digital cast that “What happened in Boston is what everybody is doing in the league right now, and I think the punishment was not fair.”

#5 Usually a good attitude helps when your sick or your trying to recover and that’s no exception in the case of former Los Angeles Dodger radio broadcast legend Vin Scully who took a fall at his house and was hospitalized last week Tuesday and even joked about the injury saying no more head first slides returned home and is reportedly resting comfortably.

Catch Morris for Headline Sports each Monday at http://www.sportsradioservice.com



Headline Sports podcast with Morris Phillips: US prepared to re-open but at what cost and risk?

Friday fiasco takes protesting against social distancing, sheltering in, and demands to end the shutdown to new levels here protesters in front of the Governor’s residence in St.Paul with protesters standing shoulder to shoulder (AP photo)

Morris on Headline Sports podcast:

#1 On the face of it re-opening sounds like there might some normalcy returning and with it sports could not be too far behind

#2 Some places have already opened up the beaches, Santa Cruz was named as one of them but how risky, how certain is it that it is safe. You’ve done some work in Santa Cruz and go there frequently what will re-opening Santa Cruz and the Beach be like?

#3 Texas, Indiana, New Hampshire, Nevada, Maryland, Utah, and Wisconsin protested in from of their state capitals on Saturday. During those protests they did not social distance and were shoulder to shoulder, they were demanding to open up now. If they get what they want and it backfires then what?

#4 Pro and College teams plan to open their parks and arenas with no fans but at what risk to the players and working personnel all it takes is one person that could get sick?

#5 Some places have unofficially reopened in the US while 60% polled said that social distancing should continue and it’s too risky to open now. Will baseball take all the pre cautions despite all the protesting and push to get it to open up as soon as possible?

Join Morris Phillips for Headline Sports each Monday at http://www.sportsradioservice.com

Headline Sports podcast with Morris Phillips: Cal announces no spectators will attend athletic events; fans can exchange tickets for refund

Cal vice chancellor of administration Marc Fisher announced that no spectators will be allowed to attend Cal athletic events. Only team personnel and the media would be allowed to attend. (UC Berkeley file photo)

On Headline Sports with Morris podcast:

#1 Cal vice chancellor of administration Marc Fisher announced that there will be no spectators attending intercollegiate events. Before the announcement it was understood that as opposed to on line studying and no in person classes athletics at Cal would go forward with spectators at events but the quickly scratched after Fisher taking in consideration that a carrier could set that spread of Covid 19.

#2 Somewhere between the mention that Cal athletics would allow fans and students to attend athletics it was brought to Fisher’s attention that people could get sick and that Fisher put out the statement games would not be played in front of fans until further notice.

#3 The statement from Fisher also said that only student athletes, coaches, sports medicine staff, game officials, credentialed media, operational and administrative staff would be allowed in the events

#4 Fans who are season ticket holders at Cal are advised that they could exchange tickets, they could request a refund or donate to a non profit charity of their choice.

#5 Cal basketball had just ended when shelter in place was introduced as state policy so the football and basketball programs just got their seasons in before March Madness was suspended.

Morris Phillips is a Cal Bears beat writer and podcasts each Monday at http://www.sportsradioservice.com

Headline Sports podcast with Morris Phillips: Entercom virus spells layoffs at KCBS for talent Joe Salvatore and Bruce MacGowan

Joe Salvatore pictured and Bruce MacGowan longtime Sports reporters for KCBS San Francisco were laid off on Thursday due to budget cuts from parent company Entercom Broadcasting (photo by Michael Duca)

On Headline Sports with Morris:

#1  KCBS Sports anchors Joe Salvotore (weekends) and Bruce MacGowan (overnights) and occasional guests on Sports Talk were laid off Thursday after Entercom Radio parent company of KCBS Radio San Francisco made a series of cuts that Entercom CEO and president David Field said was “necessary under the circumstances” due to business shutdowns that equated to poor advertising sales.

#2 Joe had worked at KCBS for 23 years as cuts were made to other KCBS personnel, Joe was one of the most high profile employees of the cuts. Joe anchored sports weekends for much of his time at the All News Station.

#3 Bruce who started in radio in the 1970s worked in Eureka, Portland, Seattle, New York City, and San Francisco. Bruce worked outside of the San Francisco market from 1979-1981 before returning back to San Francisco in 1981 to teach at the Ron Bailie School of Broadcasting in San Francisco until 1983 and also worked TV-Radio freelance. In 1986 Bruce hosted Sports People a talk show heard on 1450 KEST San Francisco. Bruce later worked at KNBR and KGO San Francisco followed by KCBS starting in 2017 which Bruce said was the best broadcast experience he ever had.

#4 Morris as many know you cover the Cal Bears football and Bruce did sideline reporting for TV and radio for Stanford Cardinal football. What was it like to see Bruce during Big Games when Cal and Stanford met we knew it was some extra adrenaline for Bruce having to work the sidelines for those games.

#5 Both Bruce and Joe covered A’s and Giants baseball during their time at KCBS. Joe would be at almost every A’s and Giants game and Bruce at least three times per homestand they both worked doing sports updates during live games.

Join Morris each Monday for Headline Sports podcasts at http://www.sportsradioservice.com

Headline Sports podcast with Morris Phillips: How improved are the Bucs with Brady on board?; Marbury trying to donate 10 millions masks to NYC; plus more

file photo from newengleandpatriots.com: Tom Brady addresses the press in this file photo, Brady spoke to the press via telephone at his press introductory to the Tampa Bay media on Friday Mar 27th.

Morris Phillips on Headline Sports podcast:

#1 Morris how improved are the Tampa Bay Buccaneers with their acquisition of Tom Brady and at 42 years old did he make the right choice to go to Tampa Bay.

#2 The Chinese Basketball Association’s Stephon Marbury who coaches the Royal Fighters says he wants to send 10 million N95 face masks to New York City as the break out there is stratospheric Marbury who played 13 seasons in the NBA and five with the New York Knicks is trying to buy the masks at $2.75 each negotiations with the manufacturer in China has been stiff.

#3 Agent Scott Boras says the MLB draft is sending the wrong message by shortening the draft and limiting the financial pool for amateur players. Baseball takes the position that the terms of the agreement are in place and the Commissioner Rob Manfred can reduce the draft from 40 rounds to five. Manfred is also considering cutting the amount of drafts to 20 in 2021

#4 The estimated start of the MLB season could be realistically in June. Flu season should be well over with by then and shelter in place could be done by mid May. On the other hand some medical experts say with a vaccine not available Coronvirus could revive again halting the season again.

#5 While the Utah Jazz Rudy Cobert and Donavon Mitchell and the Utah Jazz and front office have been cleared of Coronvirus the New York Knicks owner James Dolan is self isolating after being diagnosed for the disease. Dolan is the first pro sports owner to come up positive for Covid-19.

Morris Phillips does Headline Sports each Monday at http://www.sportsradioservice.com


Headline Sports podcast with Morris Phillips: IOC says moving games to 2021 possible; What could have been baseball openers were suppose to happen this week; plus more

photo: Official Summer Olympic games insignia for 2020 games in Tokyo

On Headline Sports podcast with Morris:

#1 The International Olympic Committee are considering moving the Olympic games to 2021 in light of everything in sports being shutdown and the training of the athletes, the sponsors, and arranging the schedule for July seems unlikely

#2 The IOC also mentioned on Saturday that with 11,000 athletes from 205 nations, 8 million tickets sold and being in close quarters would not be such a good idea. That it was the IOC’s priority to insure everyone’s health and safety during this pandemic.

#3 Baseball season was suppose to start this week. The Twins were going to open in Oakland with the A’s and the Giants were going to open in L.A. That’s all gone now opening day is usually an exciting time of the year.

#4 Some baseball fans said they were done with the game for good over the Houston Astros sign stealing scandal. Will this extra time off cool these feelings and fans will return?

#5 The 2020 All Star break that was suppose to be held at Dodger Stadium is very likely to be canceled or rescheduled at best. Baseball could be back in June or July after the flu season.

Morris does Headline Sports each Monday at http://www.sportsradioservice.com